Lawrence, MA

Lawrence profile

Living in Lawrence

Lawrence is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 80,028 people and 18 constituent neighborhoods, Lawrence is the 12th largest community in Massachusetts. Much of the housing stock in Lawrence was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, Lawrence is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 37.27% of the Lawrence workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to the national average of 27.7%. Overall, Lawrence is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and transportation and shipping workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Lawrence who work in office and administrative support (9.89%), healthcare suport services (7.95%), and maintenance occupations (7.63%).

A lot of people in Lawrence take taxis for their daily commute. For the size of the city, the number of people who use public transportation is quite high. For many people in Lawrence, this fills their need for low-cost transportation.

In Lawrence, just 10.85% of people have at least a bachelor's degree, which is quite a bit lower than the national average for cities and towns of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Lawrence in 2018 was $20,858, which is low income relative to Massachusetts, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $83,432 for a family of four. However, Lawrence contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Lawrence is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Lawrence home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Lawrence, accounting for 80.64% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Lawrence residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Lawrence include Irish, Italian, French, French Canadian, and English.

Lawrence also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 40.59%.

The most common language spoken in Lawrence is Spanish. Other important languages spoken here include English and Vietnamese.